Going to school only gave you opportunities to gain knowledge in the area of your profession. It does not teach you on handling yourself a working environment. Let’s just say you recently graduated from college and found yourself in a working environment. You are a newbie in an office in the city working with colleagues you have never met before. Do you choose to do nothing in getting to know your colleagues? Or will you do something about the social awkwardness? How can you gain the confidence at a new working environment?
- Gain Emotional Intelligence
You may have heard these two alphabets called “EQ”. But what is the definition of “EQ”? The definition of EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is the understanding of the two most important factors of life: the emotional and technical side of life. Both are equally important. This is becoming more important to professionals everywhere. Why? In reference to Daniel Goleman, he explained that EQ is affiliated to self-mastery and leadership skills. This is an important factor when exposed to a new environment. To put it simply, understanding yourself emotionally is key to working well with others. Once you are able to accomplish this, you will begin to excel in working with others.
- Building Relationships
Building relationships with your colleagues and manager is very important if you want to be truly successful in the working environment. Use your EQ to build solid, compatible, and trusting working relationships. This portrays you as a trusted and effective co-worker hence, you will gain more opportunities to shine. Again, this will take time to build strong colleague relationships. A key factor is to be patient and be “as real as you are”. I guarantee the effort to bond with colleagues will benefit you in much more ways that you can imagine years from now.
- Taking Risks
If you see an opportunity to extend your reach, go for it. Even if you have to sacrifice weekends and working overtime. Have the courage to step up and voice how you feel the way your organization functions and resolve any issues. Take the initiative. And when you fail, so what? No big deal, just move on with it. Don’t dwell on your mistakes or failures. However, if you have the courage to try something new and somehow doesn’t work out the way you expected, hold your head high and learn from your mistakes. This will elevate your stature in the organization.
Developing your EQ is essential when it comes to building relationships and working activities. When you exercise your EQ and forge relationships with your colleagues, your level of confidence will definitely go through the roof.